Screening | April 14 | The Informants | A co-presentation with ImagineNATIVE for the 2018 Images Festival

Critical Distance and imagineNATIVE present The Informants for Images Festival 2018
Saturday, April 14 from 9:30-11 pm
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.

Through video and performance, “The Informants” examines the desires of indigeneity in the myths, dreams, political foundations of the so-called Americas. Guest curated program by Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys.

Demands for indigeneity have long been entwined with efforts to erase and replace the Indigenous. Channelled through practices of salvage ethnography and “playing Indian,” subliminal attracts evince yearnings for a spectral indigeneity that is removed from actual Indigenous people. The relegation of Indigenous identities to the past denies the presence of bodies currently living on colonized land. Indigenous artists who participate in the art world of settler-colonial states are expected to provide knowledge in a relationship similar to that between informant and anthropologist. In our current period of existential and environmental catastrophe, desires for Indigenous epistemologies increase and enterprising settlers labour to extract this understanding as a natural resource. From an Indigenous perspective, this has palpable consequences, from romanticization and commodification to appropriation and cultural erasure.

Within the entangled emergence of multiculturalism, neoliberalism, decolonialism, and self-reflexive anthropology, cultural apprehensions which arise from fears of offense – imbricate and fuel stronger calls for Indigenous information and informants. Many non-Indigenous people find ways to frame themselves as Indigenous, just as Indigenous people perform indigeneity themselves. If these tendencies are so deeply entrenched in this nation’s self-image, can they be studied, manipulated, or employed by Indigenous people to catalyze an expansion of Indigenous agency, amplifying the power of the informant? Can desires that push Indigenous people to an ideal and irretrievable past be channelled to promote the imagining of Indigenous futures?

Featuring works by W.K.L. Dickson/Thomas Edison, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Chris Spotted Eagle, Diane Burns, Gustavo Vázquez, Tonia Jo Hall, Shelley Niro, Sky Hopinka, Kent Monkman, Axel Gerdau, Erik Olsen and John Woo, Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil and Jackson Polys, and Suzanne Kite.

Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Suzanna Kite will be in attendance.


General: $12
Students, Seniors, Underemployed: $6

Tickets available: https://goo.gl/5Fjhw3.


Images Festival presents 9 days of groundbreaking screenings, gallery exhibitions, and live presentations taking place throughout Toronto from April 12-20, 2018. With over 80 national and international artists featured in this year’s festival, Images showcases the innovative edge of international contemporary moving images culture. For more information about the programs: imagesfestival.com/programs.

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